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Merica Energy BLUE VALOR Flavor Drops in Time for Summer

A lot of trends in the supplement industry are being driven by the growing consumer realization that supplements aren’t just for getting jacked. Smart supplementation is key for people who want to achieve great things —

And for red-blooded Americans with the classic American can-do attitude, there’s no duo of companies better positioned to help them make this country great than ‘Merica Labz and their offshoot energy drink brand, ‘Merica Energy.

Merica Energy Blue Valor

Merica Energy launched the new Blue Valor (Blueberry Lemonade) flavor at the 2022 Arnold Sports Festival

As most energy drink fans know, the Red, White, & Boom Energy Drink was formulated to help you turn your life a notch or ten, helping you to hurl yourself into the all-American high-octane grindset lifestyle. Today, it’s time to drop the latest flavor:

Merica Energy Blue Valor (blueberry lemonade) is now out!

Blue Valora blueberry lemonade flavor that’s perfect For hot summer barbecues and long truck rides, has officially launched at the 2022 Arnold Sports Festival. This flavor is an ode to all of the first responders who have put their lives on the line each and every day of their careers.

We first tasted it in our cigar and energy drink fueled guest appearance on Doug Miller and Patrick Mabe’s podcast, The Boss Status (episode 8)and it’s fantastic.

We’ve written about Red White & Boom Energy before, but today we’re going to revisit it and expand a little bit on the ingredients. First, be sure to watch our most epic tasting videos below, and then let’s dig in:

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Watch us taste it on The Boss Status:

We crack some final production sample bottles of Blue Valor pretty early in this incredible Boss Status episode:

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Long story short? This flavor is a winner. Put it right up there with Patriot’s Punch and Alpine Pew Pew… but Team PricePlow lately has admittedly been very partial to Victory (cream soda) lately!

Merica Energy Ingredients

In a single 16 fl-oz. can of Red White & Boom from Merica Labz, you get the following paired with 200 milligrams of caffeine:

  • Acetyl L-Carnitine – 250 mg

    Merica Energy Ingredients

    The ‘Merica Energy Ingredients label

    Also known as ALcar, Acetyl L-Carnitine is a specific form of carnitine that’s designed to help boost focuswhile also performing the primary function of L-carnitine, which is to transport fatty acids into mitochondria (where they’re burned for energy).[1] This generally increases the overall availability of energy to your cells.

    ALCAR’s unique focus-boosting properties come from its ability to cross the blood-brain-barrier,[1-4] and from the fact that it’s bound to an acetyl group, which can be used to synthesize neurotransmitters like acetylcholine.

    Because of its effect on neurotransmitter systems, ALCAR has the ability to improve cognition,[5,6] upregulate neurotransmitter production,[7] and even have neuroprotective and anti-depressant effects.[8]

    Another great thing about ALCAR’s appearance in this recipe is that it synthesizes with caffeinewhich is also present, to liberate free fatty acids and increase the body’s rate of fat burning.[9]

    In a 2018 meta-analysis of over 30 studies, researchers found that carnitine supplementation at a variety of doses helped improve metabolic functioning in athletes, helping them to perform better overall than athletes who don’t take carnitine.[10] Specifically, carnitine seems to have the ability to increase exercise capacity and prolong enduranceas well as promote faster and better recovery.[10,11]

  • Choline Bitartrate – 250 mg

    Choline bitartrate is a high-yield type of choline that will increase blood plasma levels of choline, including in the brain. This is great because choline is an essential nutrient, meaning that we need it and our bodies cannot make it themselves, so we must obtain it from food or supplements.

    Choline performs a lot of functions in the body, but perhaps its most important is in strengthening the integrity of cell membranes.[12]

    However, choline is also a precursor to acetylcholine,[13] which we often refer to as “the learning neurotransmitter” because of the role it plays in memory consolidation (and hence, learning). Combining choline with ALCAR is a smart strategy for raising acetylcholine levels, which is going to improve cognition and give you the feeling of higher mental energy levels.

    Choline deficiency It is really bad – besides causing cognitive impairment, it can also eventually lead to damaged organs and catabolized muscle tissue, including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a disorder that’s part of the metabolic syndrome.[14]

    Not getting enough choline can cause cognitive dysfunction and damage to organs and muscle tissue, including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a disorder that’s associated with diabetes and dyslipidemia.[15]

  • Caffeine – 200 mg

    Merica Energy Red White & Boom Energy Blue Valor

    Much like the previous two ingredients, caffeine is famous for its ability to cross the brain-blood barrier. It works to promote alertness and mental energy by blocking the receptors for adenosine and the brain,[16] which increases global neural activity.[16]

    Caffeine is so good for your brain that researchers are finding it to be neuroprotective in dopamine-driven neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, so it probably won’t come as much of a shock to hear that in healthy people, caffeine has been demonstrated to improve a wide variety of cognitive abilities.[17]

    Phosphodiesterase is an enzyme that breaks down cyclic adenosine monophosphatealso known as cAMP.[18,19] Because cAMP metabolizes fat and carbs for energy, keeping cAMP levels high will give your body and your brain more energy for the intense tasks you demand of them.[20]

    That’s great if you’re dieting, because caffeine will increase your metabolic flexibilityhelping you burn more fat for fuel if you’re intermittently fasting, or eating at a caloric deficit.[21-23]

    Merica Energy Blue Valor

    As far as dosing is concerned, 200 milligrams is a great choice, because the research literature indicates that caffeine doses between 40 and 300 milligrams are best at improving cognitive function.[24]

You can read the full story in our article titled ‘Merica Energy: The All-American Energy Drink Gets a ‘Restoration’.

While it’s not as massively loaded as the full-blown Merica Labz Red, White, & BOOM pre workoutthis is far better than your average gas station energy drink. Not even close.

Other flavors available?

Blueberry lemonade not your flavor? Then check out these other incredible Merica Energy flavors:

Another hit: Blue Valor Blueberry Lemonade

Merica Energy Alpine Pew Pew

BOOM! Merica Energy Alpine Pew Pew is a knock-down flavor.

We couldn’t be happier with the resurgence of Merica Energy. This formula is effective, yet affordable and not over-the-top. Sometimes the best formulas are the simplest ones, and that’s definitely true in the case of Red White & Boom Energy. These three solid ingredients all synergize very well, and you can’t go wrong with the flavor. Not too much blueberry, but not too little either.

We love the patriotic edge that Doug Miller and all of his brands at Crush It Holdings have – the team is not afraid to speak up and support the cause of their local patriots.

The question comes down to which flavor you’re going to go for next. Blue Valor is excellent… but so are so many others. Whichever you choose, drink up and enjoy!


Lemon Arugula Salad – A Delightful, Plant-Based Meal with Flavor

arugula salad

Hearty salads bring a whole lot of nutrition and fill me up so I’m not searching for a snack an hour after lunch. Just like with green smoothies, a good salad needs a balance of carbs, protein and healthy fat. My Lemon Arugula salad is definitely loaded with hearty plants and could arguably be the best arugula salad you’ll make.

I’d rather drink my greens over chewing them, so if I make a salad it’s got to be great. Trust me when I say this salad is #worthit.

best arugula salad with walnuts, snap peas and fennel

Best Arugula Salad Recipe

This salad was created with both presentation and flavor in mind. I wanted a beautiful dish as well as something to fill me up.

Make sure the barley is cooked before adding it to this arugula salad. If you know you won’t have time to cook it day-of, cook it beforehand!

My tarragon dressing can also be made ahead of time, just give the jar a good shake before pouring it over the finished salad.

If you want to add even more flavor to this dish then toast the walnuts before adding them.

ingredients for a filling lemon arugula salad

What is Arugula?

Arugula is in the same leafy green family as kale, and is not a mild veggie. It is however loaded with health benefits since it’s high in calcium, potassium, folate and vitamins C, A and K.

I love using arugula in salads, on top of pizza and even in pesto. If it’s a bit too strong for you to use as the only base in this salad then don’t toss it altogether! Pair it with mixed greens or spinach and enjoy its peppery addition to your lunch.

simple tarragon dressing

Tips for Tarragon Dressing

If you want a super simple dressing then this one is for you! Simply toss all the ingredients into a jar with a good lid then shake to mix. You can refrigerate until ready to use.

I recommend using fresh tarragon since dried tarragon has a completely different taste and flavor. I know it’s easy to swap fresh for dried when using something like basil, however that’s just not the case with this unique herb.

If you want to keep this dressing vegan, swap in maple syrup for the honey.

simple lunch recipe made with plants

Arugula Salad FAQs

What goes well with arugula?

I chose crispy fennel and walnuts along with a lemon tarragon dressing for my arugula salad. The dressing especially helps tone down the bite from the arugula.

How do you make arugula less bitter?

Pair it with flavors that help balance it out. I pair arugula with a zesty tarragon dressing and use fennel to help tone down the bitterness and boost the flavor.

Is arugula a lettuce?

Arugula is actually in the cruciferous family along with kale, broccoli and bok choy. It’s got a strong flavor so you could try half arugula, half spinach (or lettuce) until you get used to the flavor and kick.

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Delicious Salad Recipes

Ready for more incredible salads? Then try out another one of my creations below:

arugula salad

Lemon Arugula Salad

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This lemon arugula salad is a feature on any table. It’s got unique (yet findable!) ingredients + an elevated flavor profile that makes me feel like I’m at a fancy restaurant. The perfect salad to mix up your lunch routine.

Total Time20 minutes



  • ½ cup barley (uncooked)
  • ½ fennel bulb (thinly sliced)
  • 4 cups arugula
  • ½ cup sugar snap peas
  • ¼ cup Walnuts (chopped)
  • 2 . green onion (thinly sliced)

Lemon Tarragon Dressing

  • 2 . lemon (juiced)
  • 1 test honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 . tarragon (fresh)
  • ½ test Dijon mustard
  • dash sea ​​salt
  • dash ground black pepper
  • 1 . chives (chopped)


  • Cook barley according to package. Allow to cool.

  • Prepare fennel by cutting off the green stalks. Halve the white bulb and carefully remove the core. Place the cut side down on a cutting board and using a very sharp knife, thinly cut or shave the fennel.

  • Place The fennel in a bowl with arugula, barley, pea pods, walnuts and green onions.

  • For Dressing: Place all ingredients in a small jar and shake well. Refrigerate until ready.

  • Drizzle Dressing over the salad, gently toss and serve immediately.


  • Swap barley with cooked quinoa.
  • To make the dressing vegan, swap in maple syrup for honey.
  • The dressing will keep for up to 1 week in the fridge.
  • Barley can be cooked ahead of time then refrigerated until ready to be used in salad.

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 573kcal (29%) Carbohydrates: 51g (17%) Protein: 12g (24%) Fat: 39g (60%) Saturated Fat: 5g (31%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g Monnounsaturated Fat: 21g Sodium: 68mg (3%) Potassium: 963mg (28%) Fiber: 13g (54%) Sugar: 6g (7%) Vitamin A: 1728IU (35%) Vitamin C: 39mg (47%) Calcium: 220mg (22%) Iron: 6mg (33%)

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Cellucor Cans the Color in C4 On-the-Go Carbonated’s 4th Flavor, Purple Frost!

What do you do when you have the industry’s best-selling pre workout supplement in C4 Original, have achieved long-term success in the supplement market, and have been growing as a company since 2002? Do you sit back to enjoy the ride and hope it will never end? Not a good idea in this industry… and definitely not if you are NutraBolt, the company that owns Cellucor.

Cellucor C4 Original Carbonated Purple Frost

We asked and they listened.. for the fourth flavor (Purple Frost) and future batches… no artificial colors!

Having dominated the pre-workout category with C4 Original, with an unprecedented level of market penetration, Cellucor recently entered the Ready-to-Drink energy category with C4 Original Carbonated pre workout energy drink.

This RTD is a pre-canned pre workout best served cold that originally launched with four flavors:

  • Frozen Bombsicle
  • Twisted Limeade
  • Tropical Blast
  • Strawberry Watermelon

But there was something always bothering us with these drinks… artificial colors. Sure, many consumers enjoy them in the powdered formulas, but do you really need them in a can? Since these colors won’t even be seen when drank from the can, we, and many of our followers declared that we did not want nor need them.

We asked, and Cellucor listened! No artificial colors in Purple Frost!

So when Cellucor decided to launch their fourth flavor — Purple Frost — they decided that they were tired of listening to us complaining about artificial colors — so they removed them from the formula!

This is great news and ultimately shows a company listening to consumers, trends, and perhaps even us!! This move is about what a growing number of customers want, based on what people don’t need.

Mike and Matt reviewed them below:

Our C4 Carbonated Purple Frost Review

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More big news: All flavors to go dye-free

After we posted that video, Cellucor’s media team reached out to us to thank us for the honest feedback, and told us that they’re removing the colors in all of the flavors!

This is a great move in a growing energy drink market that’s been “invaded” by the likes of VPX Bang, BSN’s EndoRush, Repp Sports RAZE Energy, and ProSupps’ Mr. Hyde Power Potion. The C4 series, which includes these C4 Carbonated as well as the C4 Ultimate Carbonated cans are far and away the most suited for pre workout purposes, and while we don’t always want them for pre workout, the decision is clearly working out for the brand, and obviously the choice move if you’re going to put it under the C4 name, a sub-brand synonymous with workout energy.

You can compare prices using PricePlow and sign up for Cellucor news and deal alerts below — we doubt this is the last flavor they’ll be launching if they keep the sales up!

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It’s ORANGE CREAM! Ghost Energy’s Final 2021 Flavor

It’s been almost a year and a half since the flagship launch ghost energyThe Ghost Lifestyle crew continues to improve the lineup over time. Over the past few months, the team led by Dan Lourenco and Ryan Hughes has been enjoying a new flavor – something orange It is now official:

Ghost Energy Orange Cream

Ghost Energy’s latest flavor is here to properly close 2021 – orange cream!

ghost energy orange cream It is upon us!

This isn’t a collaborative effort like Sour Patch Kids or WARHEADS, but you can I say he cooperated with classicBecause this is simply a classic flavor to it Not It’s done right in the energy drink space, in our opinions.

Mission accomplished: consider this to be daily driver The flavor is not too much like some of the sour flavors mentioned above.

We have seen ghost energy All Over the place here in Texas – especially in HEB – and expect it to be first They are distributed in partner grocery stores and The Vitamin Shoppe. Ultimately, we hope you’ll find it below on PricePlow, where you can sign up for our ghost alerts:

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Stealth Energy Nutrition Facts & Ingredients

Ghost Energy Ingredients

Ghost Energy Components (taken from citrus can)

You can read the details in our main article titled Stealth Energy Drink: The formula is constantly improvingbut below is what to expect from each can – which is Much More than your usual energy drink:

  • Calories: 5

  • Carbs: 1 g

And for the active ingredients:

  • Carnipure L-Carnitine L-Tartrate – 1000 mg

  • Taurine – 1000 mg

  • Natural Caffeine (from coffee beans) – 200 mg

  • Alpha-GPC 50% – 150 mg

  • NeuroFactor Coffee Fruit Extract – 100 mg

  • Estrogen – 25 mg

Once again, the full nomenclature is explained in our main site ghost energy drink Article – commodity.

Something orange…sampling a beta orange cream

While this is shown here and there on Ghost Lifestyle’s YouTube channel (in your must-watch list Brand building series), we also had a chance to test a demo version of this experience on a visit to Ghost Lifestyle HQ:

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It’s cool because Not Like most other energy drink flavors. It hits the cream corner as well as orange, without being “spicy” and “metallic” like most other energy drinks.

Ghost Energy Orange Cream

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All flavors of ghost energy

Orange cream is not for you? That’s okay, you can find the rest of the flavors below:

Ghost Energy has everything from strong, potent flavors (like Sour and Bubblicious) to amazing “daily drivers” like citrus and tropical mango. Orange cream definitely fits the latter in that category.

An epic end to an epic year

after unbelievable In the 2020 launch season, Ghost is entering 2021 in strength… and they’re leaving even stronger. was 2021 General V2With popular supplements like Ghost Legend, Ghost Pump, Ghost Burn and Ghost Size for upgrades. Several flavors and collaboration launches have also been dropped, and you can scroll through the ghost news page to see them all.

But it is not All Powders at Ghost Lifestyle HQ—Ghost Energy needs love, too—and they’re closing the year in a big way.

We’ll close this article with one simple question:

One protein bar?

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